Duzza takes world title
DARTS star Glen Durrant has credited Teesside steel for being one of his main keys to victory after claiming one of the biggest wins in Middlesbrough’s sporting history.
Durrant defeated Dutchman Danny Noppert 7-3 to win his first BDO World Professional Championships title on Sunday night.
The Ormesby thrower lived up to his BDO No 1 rank and top seed billing in an enthralling final in Frimley Green, winning four sets in a row to claim the £100,000 first prize.
The BDO No 1 began the final with seven perfect darts on the way to winning the first leg and set, and pulled clear after the pair had traded sets to leave the score locked at 3-3.
The 46-year-old sealed victory on double 16 for a 48 finish, sinking to his knees and shedding tears of joy as he celebrated an emotional victory at the Lakeside Country Club.
The title win makes up for two previous near misses for the Teessider at Lakeside, including a sudden death semifinal defeat to Martin Adams and agonising quarter-final loss to 2016 champion Scott Waites.
“In 2008 we created the Teesside Ranking Events and I learned how to win,” Durrant said.
“Six years ago I wasn’t even the best player in our Super League team.
“With hard work, determination and Teesside steel I’m now the BDO Lakeside world champion.”
Durrant was ecstatic after seeing out his career-best victory in front of a small group of friends and family, including wife Susan.
“If there’s a happier man in England today then he must be a lottery winner,” he said.
“Dennis Coleman has been right by my side for four years and to do it in front of my wife and daughter and family, I just had the best 10 people here.
“I just wish my dad was here. He came early on in the week, I just feel as if he always puts pressure on me when he is there.
“If you’re watching dad, your son done good.”
Durrant said he will now allow his Lakeside win to sink in before he sits down with his manager Mac Elkin over the next few days to discuss a longmooted move to the PDC.
“I probably need a bit of time,” he said. “The one statement I have always made is that I would honour the trophy.
“My dream and the final challenge is to play in the PDC. That’s the only challenge I thought was left.
“Holding the trophy, the PDC seems like a million miles away. I’ve climbed a mountain and I really don’t know what’s next.
“I just need to sit down over the next few days and just maybe evaluate where I go from here.”